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Retired Delta Captain Marc Sharp will recount his 10 most memorable flights – funny, frightening, and poignant from biplanes to jet airliners – at the Tuesday, Oct. 21, Aviation Historical Society meeting.

Covering more than four decades of flying, his talk will include work as a crop duster, pilot for the Mississippi governor, working with astronauts on space shuttle controls, and the blind passenger that changed his life.

The program begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Macon County Airport near Franklin. There is no charge and the public is welcome.

For more information, contact Fred Alexander at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828)506-5869.

The Town of Franklin's Tourism Development Authority held their monthly meeting on Monday night to consider a funding for the 2014 PumpkinFest and another request to help out on advertising for the Scottish Tartans Museum.

At last month's meeting, the Franklin Main Street Program submitted a request of $1,500 to help with funding for radio and print advertising. Bo Bryant, who is the chairman of the program, made the request for the festival that is scheduled for Oct. 24 and Oct. 25.

On Monday with no discussion, TDA members voted unanimously to grant the full request. PumpkinFest is one of Franklin's most popular uptown events and includes a pie eating contest, costume contest, a parade, entertainment, games for kids, live music, craft and food vendors and the very popular pumpkin roll.

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The Autumn Leaves Craft Show was held at the Macon County Fair Grounds last weekend with a wide variety of unique handmade crafts and artists’ demonstrations.

Local crafter Connie Gregory is holding a white dog she made.

Shopper Donna Hammock discusses jewelry.

Photographer Gary Galbrecht and wife Charlene.

Lucy Thorne demonstrates knitting and a hat she had made.

Photos by Vickie Carpenter

On Tuesday afternoon during heavy rainfall, a 2008 Honda Civic driven by local woman Erin Moffitt was traveling on Rabbit Creek Road when it went off the road and into Rabbit Creek.

Gabriel Bolick and Darren Worley called 911, and along with the help of Jeff Paris, were able to get the door of the car open and get Moffitt to safety. Franklin Fire and Rescue arrived shortly thereafter and transported Moffitt up the steep embankment.

According to N.C. Highway Patrolman Clay Cogdill, Moffitt was immediately rushed to Mission Hospital in Asheville. She has since been released in what is considered a positive outcome for what could have been a grim situation.

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Editor’s Note: This is the last of the candidate profiles for the 2014 midterm election. Early voting begins Oct. 23.

Both candidates vying for the open 30th Judicial District Attorney seat have more than a decade of experience each as assistant district attorneys under the current DA Mike Bonfoey and are ready to face the challenges in representing Western North Carolina.

“Prosecutors in this district spend a lot of time in the car traveling from county to county because of the vastness of our district,” said Macon County resident and DA candidate Ashley Welch. “Some districts in the state only include one county. Several others are made up of two or three counties. With seven counties, this district is one of the largest in the state…

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Despite a few bumps in the road, Macon County’s Parker Meadows Recreation Complex is on track, and currently $21,000 under budget.

County Manager Derek Roland updated commissioners during the October board meeting Tuesday night, informing them that weather permitting, all grading on the project should be wrapped up in the next two weeks allowing for building construction to begin on Nov. 1.

“Everything is moving along great,” said Roland. “If things continue the way things are going and weather permitting, if the people who are working on this project have anything to do with it, we will be knocking the doors down come Spring.”

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Editor’s note: All commission candidates were asked the same questions and were given ample time to answer the questions. After receiving the interview questions via e-mail, County Commissioner Ron Haven elected not to participate in the Macon County News’ candidate profile article and said via email, “Sorry, Not interested, I don't have any comments.”

Four candidates are vying for the two open seats for District II of the board of commissioners. With two open seats, the top two vote getters after the election will win the seats.

Gary Shields was born and raised in the Cartoogechaye Community of Macon County to Clara and Rev. W.K. Shields. He attended Franklin High School before moving to Walhalla, S.C., and then Waynesville, N.C., where he attended and graduated from Waynesville Township High in June 1966.

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Fifty years ago this week, torrential rain falls pounded the southeastern United States causing dams to give way, rivers to swell and floods to destroy communities in a three state area. With a month left in hurricane season and reports of Hurricane Isbell forming off toward Cuba, rains from Hurricane Hilda put Macon County underwater.

Hurricane Hilda wreaked havoc on the east coast in 1964 from Sept. 28 until Oct. 5, causing 38 deaths and $126 million in damages as a result of the 150 mile per hour winds and record-breaking rain accumulations.

With reports of water rising some five feet around local businesses such as the old De Soto Trail Restaurant building and stories like this one from Macon County resident Rick Franklin, the flood of 1964 will forever be a part of Macon County’s history.

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Undercover investigation went on for many months.

Topton, N.C. may be in the far reaches of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction but that doesn't mean they don’t keep an eye on the happenings there. That was proven when the Narcotics Unit carried out operations last Friday, Oct. 3, that resulted in a large-scale drug bust and four arrests.

Topton is located just beyond Nantahala and just short of Andrews, N.C. Topton is an unincorporated community and a small one at that. Sheriff Robbie Holland says that the size is one of the things that makes a drug sting operation difficult.

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Forest Avenue residents appreciate cleanup effort.

Rezoning areas in the town limits or those that are located inside the Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) can be a drawn out process. Once a petition for rezoning is submitted and the Land Use Administrator reviews the details, the Board of Aldermen must vote to allow the town's planning board to take a look at the request, then the public — those who are affected by the change must be given the chance to speak against or for the change — and only then can the board decide if a parcel will be rezoned. Franklin's Board of Aldermen recently took up two rezoning petitions at its latest meeting.

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